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Published March 28, 2016
explicit lyrics andrew gentFor almost a quarter century, The University of Arkansas Press annually has awarded the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize. The prize and series, edited by Billy Collins, are named for and honor the cofounder and director of the press, Miller Williams.

At the beginning of March, the 2016 winner, [explicit lyrics] by Andrew Gent, was released: “As the title indicates, these poems are lyrics—musings on the small decisions required by existence in the modern world. They contain the grand themes of art—life, love, and mortality—but not where you expect.”
 
To buy a copy or to listen to a selection from [explicit lyrics], head over to the University of Arkansas Press website.

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Published March 24, 2016
pike and bloom matthew nyeEach year, Lake Forest College awards its Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize to writers under forty with no major book publication. Winners spend three weeks in residence at the campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs. While there, writers spend their time completing a manuscript to be published by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press.

Matthew Nye was the 2014 winner and his novel Pike and Bloom was published in February. An American odyssey in miniature, Pike and Bloom maps the trajectories of three characters—Pike, Bloom, and Bloom’s wife Clytie—as they spiral through “the serious blues of Indianapolis,” attempting to construct meaning from the absurd.

 Readers can learn more about Pike and Bloom at Northwestern University Press’s website.
Published March 17, 2016
battle sleep shannon tate jonasBrick Road Poetry Book Contest is awarded annually, winners receiving a contract with Brick Road Poetry Press, $1,000, and 25 copies of their published book.

In 2014, Shannon Tate Jonas took home the prize with his collection Battle Sleep, which was published January 21, 2016. This is Jonas’s first book-length collection of poetry with copies available from the Brick Road Poetry Press website.
Published March 10, 2016
Hagy Alyson Ted Brummond$1000 Lawrence Foundation Prize 2015
Alyson Hagy [photo: Ted Brummond] has won the thirty-eighth Lawrence Foundation Prize, joining, among other authors, Charles Baxter, Paul Bowles, Susan Dodd, Clark Blaise, Sena Jeter Naslund, Rebecca Makkai, Alice Mattison, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz. The prize is awarded annually by the Editorial Board of MQR to the author of the best short story published that year in the journal. A mature, finely crafted story set in Yellowstone country, Hagy's "Switchback" appeared in the Spring 2015 issue.

Raymond McDaniel$500 Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize
Raymond McDaniel has won the 2015 Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize, which is awarded annually to the author of the best poem or group of poems appearing that year in the MQR. His poem “Claire Lenoir,” appeared in the Fall 2015 issue. This year’s judge, Paisley Rekdal, writes: “The poem marvelously captures, in tone and form, the very essence of the uncanny: one of the poem’s central subjects. The poem renders the process through which we gain knowledge of ourselves and others both mysterious and terrifying at once, recalling for me Howard Baker's plaintive question during the Watergate trials: What did you know, and when did you know it?”

katie hartsock$500 Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets
Katie Hartsock has won the 2015 Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets, which is awarded annually by the editors to the best poet appearing in MQR who has not yet published a book. Poetry Editor Keith Taylor writes about her poem “The Sister Karamazov,” which appeared in our Spring 2015 issue, “We were very impressed by this poet's ability to enter one of the classics and to reimagine it, adding another emotional and metaphoric level to something that a lesser imagination might see as fixed and impenetrable."
Published February 24, 2016
With the first-place prize recently raised to $3000 (how fortunate for David!), Glimmer Train has selected the 2015 December Fiction Open winners. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers. Stories generally range from 3000-6000 words, though up to 24,000 is fine. The next Fiction Open will take place in March. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

David MiznerFirst place: David Mizner [pictured], of New York, NY, wins $3000 for “Your Swim." His story will be published in Issue 99 or 100 of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Ezekiel N. Finkelstein, of New York, NY, wins $1000 for “Clayton and the Apocalypse – scenes from an earlier life” and publication in a future issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Karen Malley, of Holyoke, MA, wins $600 for “Fragile.” Her story will also be published in a future issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadline soon approaching for the Short Story Award for New Writers: February 29

This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category run 1500-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. First place prize wins $2500 (just increased from $1500!) and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second/third: $500/$300 and consideration for publication. Click here for complete guidelines.
Published February 17, 2016
The winners of the 2015 Neil Shepard Prizes appear in the newest issue of Green Mountains Review (v28n2):

green mountains reviewNeil Shepard Prize in Fiction
Judged by Molly Antopol
"The Forest" by Sharon White

Neil Shepard Prize in Nonfiction
Judged by Amy Fusselman
"They're Not Pretending Anymore" by Harry Leeds

Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry
Judged by Mike Young
"I Took to Walking Down the Middle of Highways to Avoid Getting Shot" and
"Pageantry Reigned Supreme at the 128th Veiled Prophet Ball" by Annie Christain

Read a the full list of finalists and winners here.

Published February 16, 2016
macguffinWinner and honorable mentions of the 20th National Poet Hunt Contest are featured in the newest issue (Fall 2015) of The MacGuffin.

First place
"Farewell the Beagle!" by Susan Richardson

Honorable Mention
"Time Awaits Her Arrival" by​ Susan Cowger
"The Secret Historian" by Elisabeth Murawski

Judge Laura Kasischke writes, "This was no easy task. The poetry submitted to the 20th National Poem Hunt Contest was remarkable. The range of styles and subject matters was vast, of course, but the mystery and loveliness of these many pieces remained consistent. Reading such a wealth of powerful poetry, I felt renewed in my hope for the craft. Any art form that calls so many sharp-eyed, witty, passionate minds to it can never die. In the end, I chose the poems that wouldn't leave me alone, the ones I found myself thinking about for days after reading them."
Published February 11, 2016
michaelolinhittPrism Review announced the winners of its 2016 poetry and short story awards, as chosen by Victoria Chang (poetry) and Bryan Hurt (fiction).

Fiction: "Messiah Complex," Michael Olin-Hitt [pictured]. Judge Bryan Hurt writes, "I was drawn into the story by Josh's kinetic voice and hooked by his spirited and smart digressions. The author carefully and subtly adds so many layers: there's sadness and loss but it's met with optimism and empathy.

Poetry: "Slow Motion Landscape," Sam Gilpin. Judge Victoria Chang writes, "here, grass is 'guillotines,' speech 'wrens us in its folding,' and sunsets 'thrum.' The language is fresh and new in this sequence poem, but even more interesting is the mind behind the poem--one that both thinks and sees abstractions and paradoxes that make the reader read and re-read, think and re-think, see and see again."

The winners' works will be included in the 2016 issue, available in June at the Prism Review website.
Published February 09, 2016
maria liem2Maria Tess Liem's "Rice Cracker" was selected from among 179 submissions as the winning entry of the The Malahat Review's Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Contest judge Jane Silcott called the work "A beautifully considered piece: driven by quiet emotion, delivered through art and craft." Jack Crouch interviews Liem, discussing her attraction to nonfiction, the difficulties she experiences when writing about 'the personal' as well as the benefits, and what her future writing plans include. The Malahat Review awards $1000 for this prize as well as publication. Liem's piece can be read in the winter 2015 issue (#193).
Published February 04, 2016
open minds quarterly

Open Minds Quarterly is a publication of "poetry and literature of mental health recovery." The winners of their annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest for mental health consumers is divided over two publications. The first, second, and third-place poems are published in the spring issue, with honorable mentions following in the fall issue. The Honorable Mentions are "The Rain King" by Thomas Leduc, "Ophelia" by Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, "Observational" by Katy Richey, and "The 4th Floor" by Katy Richey.

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